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Hi I'm Mike

I'm a husband and father who loves my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents taught me as a child about my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and their plan for me. I learned the truth of these things for myself. As a child my father baptized me and I have been an active member of the church all my life. After graduating high school I entered college and then served as a missionary in the United States. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience to see peoples' lives change as the Gospel brought new happiness to their lives. As part of my experience I learned Laotian, the language spoken in the Lao People's Democratic Republic and also by those who emigrated from this country. I learned to love these people and others I served. After my mission, I married my lovely wife, finished college, graduating with degrees in economics and finance, and then began a career in finance. I currently work at a community bank as a commercial credit analyst. I have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I always knew the things I learned were true by the feelings I felt and continued to feel as I made the covenant of baptism and made additional covenants. My life has been guided by the Lord and his whisperings that came through the Holy Spirit. Following the teachings of the Church has brought me great happiness I would not have realized otherwise. It has strengthened my family and brought us closer together. I know that this Church is led directly by our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ by means of a living prophet, just as prophets led in ancient times. This modern world needs a prophet more than ever. I know that the true church of Jesus Christ was restored again to the earth.

How I live my faith

Throughout the week I try to keep my thoughts centered on the Gospel and live my life according to the knowledge I've received. I work hard each week to support my family. We spend time each Monday night together as we have been counseled by prophets to talk about the Gospel and to strengthen our family relationships. I study the scriptures each night to strengthen my knowledge and personal relationship with my Heavenly Father. Each Sunday we attend church services. I serve as a local missionary, helping those who are learning of the Gospel and who are newly baptized into the church and occasionally teach our basis gospel principles Sunday school class.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

The teachings of Jesus Christ provide a perfect framework to build our marriages and other relationships on. They teach us to serve one another selflessly by care for others as we care for ourselves. Knowledge of the atonement of Jesus Christ gives us hope that He can make it possible to be with our spouses eternally. It gives us hope that we can overcome any trial that may come to us through His help. The atonement provides us with the ability to repent and overcome weaknesses in our marriage and also provides us with support for any challenges we may face. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

There are many people greatly in need of the assistance from others, often through no fault of their own. The church welfare program provides humanitarian aid and other temporary assistance to help them to reach self-reliance, a state where they can provide sufficient resources to sustain themselves, and also reach out to others. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Without authority from God, baptism cannot be recognized by God. Paul taught in the New Testament that "no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron" (Hebrews 5:4). This authority was restored to the earth as part of the restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. This provides the opportunity for all who are willing to be able to receive the ordinances of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes. Our world is in just as much need of a prophet as any time in history, if not more so. Prophets can bring additional guidance in an increasingly complex world and warn of danger, just as they did in times of old. The Lord taught in the Old Testament that "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Show more Show less